The Chittenden Family 

Welcome to the web site for the Chittenden family ex-Zimbabwe & South Africa.

The site is regularly updated and is for the whole family to use, so please send in any news or photographs from your part of the world.

Some wise bloke once said that you can't see where you're going without first knowing where you've been. This is a somewhat disjointed map of our various comings and goings, and an attempt by us baby-boomers and generation X-ers at celebrating Chittendens and family past, present and future.


01 DECEMBER 2008

Probably our final entry, we wish our December babies a very happy birthday: AARON HARMAN (1st), TESSA CHITTENDEN (6th), DEREK CHITTENDEN (10th), ANDREW CHITTENDEN, who turns 30 on the 14th, ROBYN BARKER (18th) & TRACY CHITTENDEN (23rd). We also congratulate SCOTT & MEGAN CHITTENDEN on their wedding anniversary on the 16th. Our love to you all.


30 NOVEMBER 2008

Well folks, the end of a legend is a suitable time to bring this family website to an end as well, as our hosting service contract will be closing in the near future.

Our thanks to all those who have visited the site over the last couple of years, and our love to all family and friends who have been part of it.

Love, light and blessings to you all.


17 NOVEMBER 2008


Dear Friends and family - Sad news. Our Dad HENRY ROBERT CHITTENDEN (HARRY) passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon in Krugersdorp hospital.

He had been ill with leukaemia for months and various complications set in.

Mercifully the end came quite quickly, two weeks after he was admitted to hospital, and he was ready to go and spiritually at peace. Such blessings do not come to many!

Mum is being brave and strong as always but it is surreal for her after such a long time (62 years) of happy marriage and two years almost to the day when Hil died.

Dad was 90 and Cyndy and Geoff were blessed to be able to be with him and the family over there for that special occasion on 15th June this year.

Things are a bit of a fug this morning but Geoff will be trying to get back for the funeral which is likely to be on Friday this week.

Please uphold Mum and the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Well done, thy good and faithful servant....


01 NOVEMBER 2008

Our love and very best wishes go to our November baby, NICOLA HARMAN (6th). Your birthstone is the Topaz, and flower the Chrysanthemum.


01 OCTOBER 2008

Summer time's about to begin here, extended now to 6 months ~ a result of global warming?

Anyway, a happy birthday to our October babies - KIM & REG CHITTENDEN (both on 30th). October's birthstone is the Opal, and flower the Calendula.



Already two-thirds of the year gone, and we're officially into spring down under! We congratulate, commiserate and generally send much love and kisses to our September babies: MITCH CHITTENDEN (5th), CRAIG CHITTENDEN (22nd), and COLLEEN KAPLAN (23rd). Your flower is the Aster, and birthstone the Sapphire.


26 AUGUST 2008

REG & MAVIS CHITTENDEN have moved from their Aintree Circle address into a townhouse in Avondale. Their new phone number is in the Contacts section, and postal address will follow in due course.


01 AUGUST 2008

Some significant milestones occur for our August babies this month:

BRETT CHITTENDEN turns 30, DOLORES THORPE turns 80, and GEOFF & CYNDY CHITTENDEN celebrate their 35th anniversary. Our hearty congratulations, very best wishes and much love to you all.

Your birthstone is the Peridot, and flower the Gladioli.


01 JULY 2008

Our love and bestest birthday wishes go to our July babies: HAILEY HARMAN (7th), SCOTT CHITTENDEN (9th), MEGAN BARKER (16th) and MEGAN CHITTENDEN (21st). Your birthstone is the Ruby, and flower the Larkspur.


27 JUNE 2008

Thanks to Steve & Colleen Kaplan for the new photographs of HARRY CHITTENDEN'S 90th Birthday which are now in the Photographs section. The party was held at Bruce & Robyn Barker's property in Krugersdorp, and featured surprise guest BOB TAIT from yonks ago which nearly put both the oldies into cardiac arrest!


01 JUNE 2008

A very happy birthday and best wishes to our June babies - TIMOTHY BARKER (2nd), STEVE KAPLAN (6th) and LAURA CHITTENDEN (28th), with special mention on some significant milestones being reached by BETH CHITTENDEN who turns the big 5-0 on the 14th, and to HARRY CHITTENDEN who's still accelerating having reached 90 on the 15th. Your birthstone is the Pearl, and flower the Rose. Congratulations and our love to you all.


22nd MAY 2008

Here's a lovely little ditty that's been doing the rounds on the internet, that puts into words what most of us feel about a certain bespectacled despot of Africa. Its' writer is unknown (understandably!), and goes by the title:


The drums are calling old man, and they are louder by the day.

They are calling you to judgement and now's the time to pay

for the wrongs you've done your country and the trust betrayed.

So hear those drums swelling, hear well and be afraid.

You came to power on waves of hope that you would make your mark,

in a land that shone in Africa like diamonds in the dark.

In simple faith the people put their trust in your care,

and were repaid by the Fifth Brigade and the CIO and fear.

Twenty-eight years of motorcades and lavish trips abroad

a nation's heritage is lost through patronage and fraud.

The Chiefs grow fat while people starve and famine stalks our homes.

On idle farms the weeds grow rank and cover cattle bones.

The youth are taught your slogans but even as they sing

the drums of change are beating for the truth is seeping in.

The demagogue has feet of clay and lies will not sustain

the shattered land that once seemed free and will be so again.

Too late to blame the drought, the Brits, the whites, the MDC.

For all know where the finger points with cold finality.

So hear the drums, old man, and listen to them well,

They foretell of your end days and they have much to tell.

For he who sows the seeds of hate will reap the grapes of wrath,

so tremble in your bed at night, at the end of your sorry path.



15 MAY 2008

Apologies to both our readers for being unable to update the site for 3 weeks while Bigpond blundered around trying to reinstate our service. We would appear to be back on line at last - perhaps they called in the competition to sort things out for them...


MAY 2008

A very happy birthday to our May baby - BRUCE BARKER, on the 30th. May's birthstone is the Emerald, and flower the Lily.

There's been a bit of musical houses in Aus recently - TRACY & KIM have moved upstate for Tracy to take up her new position with Bendigo Health, and SCOTT & MEGAN have moved into the family pad in Mount Eliza. New address details and contact numbers are in the Contacts section.


19 FEBRUARY 2008

Photographs of OLIVER HARRY CHITTENDEN are now in the Photo's section.


18 FEBRUARY 2008

It's a boy! To EMBER and ANDREW a son, OLIVER HARRY CHITTENDEN (not Joey, as has been suggested the son of a Roo should be called...) at 01.00 am this morning, weighing spot on 8 pounds and after a determined battle to stay put. A bloody-minded Chittenden from the start! Welcome to our world Ollie, warm congratulations to the proud parents, and much love to the three of you. Photographs coming shortly...



Well into the new year and accelerating towards Christmas already! Happy Birthday and our very best wishes to our February Chittenden babies: EMBER (4th) and CYNDY (24th). Our congratulations too go to ANDREW and EMBER CHITTENDEN on their wedding anniversary on the 17th - by the size of The Bump their anniversary could be one of soft food and smelly nethers rather than soft music and scented candles! And we have fondest memories of HILARY and ROLY BARKER on what would have been their 40th anniversary on the 10th.



There are new mobile phone numbers for Geoff & Cyndy and for Megan Chittenden in the My Contacts section, together with a few new Christmas mug shots in the Photographs page.


2nd October 2007

ANDREW & EMBER CHITTENDEN have announced the pending arrival of a new Chittenden, e.t.a. Bendigo Australia on February 22nd 2008! There's already a photograph of The Bump on Facebook, and can be seen in the photo's section.


24 August 2007

MITCH & HARRY CHITTENDEN have at last had a phone installed at their cottage. Details are on the Contacts page, and their postal address remains the same. Thanks to Bruce & Robyn for sending some updated photos of the wrinklies, which are included in the Photos page.


14 August 2007

I have just received a book entitled "South Africa, A Series of Pencil Sketches by William M Timlin". It has an introduction written by GILBERT E CHITTENDEN. This would be Gilbert Evan Chittenden, son of Alfred Chittenden and therefore nephew of William Darlington Chittenden who was grandfather to Reg and Harry.Gilbert was born in Klerksdorp on January 1, 1892, married twice and died on 13 April 1948. A copy of his introduction to the sketches is in the History section on the website. Anyone wanting copies of Timlin's sketches, please let me know.


7 August 2007

A few new photographs now in the Family Album photo section - Scott, Megs, Kim & Tracy in the snow just 2 hours from home. After the African bush, a novel experience for the two new Aussies-in-training who can now add cross-country ski experts to their cv's! Scott & Megs' wedding photographs have had to be culled rather mercilessly to make way for new material, but there is a shortcut to the full album in the My Favourite Websites section.


21 February 2007

From time to time I wake up remembering some tantalising odds and ends of a particularly vivid dream the night before. Today being the birthday of a nasty head of state and a cause of expensive enforced celebration in his country, perhaps this recent little ditty from The Dreamtime may give some hope of a reckoning for the fellow:


Five hundred thousand tortured souls

Lie waiting in the dark

For midnight

Is the high noon of the damned".


23 January 2007

SCOTT and MEGAN have returned to Australia from honeymoon, and thank all their friends and family for making December 16 such a loving and memorable day. A selection of more professional photographs is now in the Photos section, but the happy couple have asked if anyone has any of their own photographs or video to please send them a copy.


18 January 2007

MITCH & HARRY have handed down a number of old family photograph albums. These include some of Harry's WW2 days in the desert and Gold Coast, the Bain, Oakley and Smith families around Rhodesia in the early 1900's, and several of VE Day in Salisbury. Some are annotated with names of various people and places and may prove invaluable to other family members and researchers. I'm looking at how to scan the several hundred photographs into the website without crashing the system and "may be some time", but if you have any specific requests please contact me and I'll do my best to find what you're looking for. There are a few samples in the Photo's section to whet your appetites...


More sad news is that our muchly loved HILARY BARKER passed away in the late hours of Wednesday 15 November. She had been taken to hospital earlier in the week with lung and heart failure from her progressive muscle weakness. She went quickly and peacefully, and is at last in no more pain and joins her beloved Roly. The touching and well-attended funeral was held on the 22nd, with a memorial held by Wits University a week later . Our love and thoughts go to Bruce, Colleen and family.


2006 has indeed been a very sad year. NAN CHITTENDEN passed away at 10.15 am on Thursday 21 September at BS Leon Hospital in Harare, aged 86. By all accounts she went peacefully and quickly, yet our own sadness is no less for it. The little lady with an enormous heart, Nan was the Mother Theresa of the Chittenden family. She will be sorely missed by us all and by the countless others in charity organisations such as Island Hospice where her tireless energies and devotion to others made such an impact.


It is with great sorrow that we note the sad passing of ROLY BARKER at 8.30 pm on Wednesday 26 July. Devoted husband and captain of the ship to Hillary, loving dad to Colleen and Bruce, Roly suffered a heart attack over a week earlier and never recovered from complications after the ensuing triple bypass operation. Larger than life, a battler and obstinate to the end, he will be hugely missed by family and friends. Our thoughts and love go to them all. His eulogy by his daughter Colleen is in the History section.